Advice Column: End of eviction ban

Thursday 22nd July As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo weekly advice column, this week we focus on focus on the ending of the ban on evictions   In England, the ban on most bailiff-enforced evictions came to an end on the 31 May, with the notice period landlords need to give their tenants reducing …

Advice Column: Self Employed Support Scheme

Thursday 15th July As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo weekly advice column, this week we focus on support for the self-employed due to Coronavirus.  I am self-employed and work has really fallen away because of the Coronavirus restrictions. I claimed for the first four Self-Employment Income Support Scheme payments and heard that there is …

Advice Column: Events

Thursday 8th July  As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo weekly advice column, this week we focus on your rights if an event is cancelled due to Coronavirus.  I’ve got tickets to an event at the beginning of July, but given the latest government announcements on delays to the Coronavirus rules relaxing I don’t think …

Advice Column: Doorstep Loans

Thursday 1st July As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo advice column this week we focus on doorstep lenders.   I don’t think the company that sold me a doorstep loan carried out proper affordability checks and now I can’t afford to pay it back. Can I get a refund?   The Financial Conduct Authority …

Advice Column: DWP Trust & Protect

Thursday 24th June As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo advice column this week we focus on Universal Credit sanctions.   I have been contacted by the DWP asking for information to support a claim I made for Universal Credit last year during the pandemic. I am worried that this might mean I can longer …

Advice Column: Disrepair

Thursday 17th June As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo advice column this week we focus on repairs for those renting in the private rented sector.  I’ve been living in my privately rented flat for years. I generally have a good relationship with my landlord but I just can’t get them to carry out various …

Advice Column: Scams

Thursday 10th June As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo advice column this week we focus on the national Scams Awareness campaign.   I’ve had a letter offering me the opportunity to invest in fine wine. The returns look really good and I’m tempted, but my friend says not to trust a letter in case …

Advice Column: EU Settlement Scheme

Thursday 3rd June   As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo advice column this week we focus on the EU Settlement Scheme.  I’m an EU national living in the UK and have heard that there is a deadline to apply to remain in the UK. I am a bit confused by the rules and what …

Advice Column: Home Improvements

Thursday 27th May As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo advice column this week we focus on home improvements.   I’ve been saving up to have my kitchen redone, but I’m a bit worried about it. Last time I had any work done on the house, it took more than double the time I thought …

Advice Column: But now, pay later

Thursday 20th May As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo advice column this week we focus on buy now pay later schemes.  I have been looking online to buy a new TV, and see the option to ‘buy now pay later’. I am attracted to this option as it will help me to spread the …